Q: What prompted you to join MPI ?
A: I joined MPI 17 years ago (did I say 17?). At the time I was a Director of Catering & Convention Services, so a Certified Meeting Planner Certification was definitely my goal. MPI has provided great educational opportunities and I enjoy taking advantage of all they have to offer.
Q: What have you gained or hope to gain from your membership?
A: MPI membership provides me with a great professional network, educational development and continued inspiration. As a progressive organization, the MPI team ensures that we are provided with cutting-edge information from around the globe. As a highly specialized and thriving profession, I enjoy interacting with members with the goal of supporting our Aloha State.
As your new MPI Liaison for Maui, I hope to bring MPI’s networking and education opportunities to our island to maintain and cultivate new membership, increase awareness and inspire our profession.
Q: How long have you been in this industry? What led you to this profession?
A: I was initiated into the hospitality industry as a Lei Greeter back in 1981 to support me through college. From there, I worked my way through Ground Transportation, Destination Management, Hotel Catering & Convention Services, Hotel Sales & Marketing, the Maui Visitors Bureau, and finally to my own company. My company has grown gracefully with age, now specializing in Conference Planning and Special Events. I guess you could say I have covered a lot of hospitality industry territory!
Q:Tell us about you, your hobbies, interests:
A: Originally from Sydney, Australia, I came to Hawai`i to attend college. Needless to say, I fell in love with the islands and have had no interest in returning to the land down under on a permanent basis. Although I do visit Sydney, throw a shrimp-on-the-barbie, and break out my Aussie slang to remind me where I came from now and then. My big claim to fame is that I went to High School with Nicole Kidman – but she doesn’t get to live in Hawai`i!
Maui is now my true home with my Maui born husband of 24 years, and two adult daughters. And I’m a proud grandmother too.
We truly enjoy our family time and are immersed in supporting Special Olympics, where my youngest daughter is an athlete.
Q: Tell us about your company
A: Sterling Performance Group Inc, aka Toni Rojas Event Design, is a unique fusion of traditional meeting planning and production services all under one roof. We are an event management company that supports our clients goals and objectives by creating an unimaginable excitement and energy with a value proposition that pays for itself. When planning a meeting or event, the details are unlimited, and so are we. Each of our events is run to precise execution with our commitment to your goals, overall master plan, and strong detailed management. From the initial planning and creative, budget review, and final execution, we are a team of Hawai`i industry experts who ensure nothing less than a spectacular meeting or event. Our passion for excellence and creativity is what drives our production team to the highest levels of achievement and constant innovation.
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